December 15, 2017 12:15 pm

U.S. driver pleads guilty in N.B. crash that killed Mountie

The crash happened on the evening of Sept. 12 on Highway 2 near Memramcook, N.B.

Contibuted/ Wade Perry

The American driver of a utility van involved in a crash that killed an RCMP officer in New Brunswick has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

A second charge against Vasiliy Meshko, 31, of failing to move over, was withdrawn by the Crown on Friday.

Both charges are under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act.

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Const. Francis (Frank) Deschênes was killed on Sept. 12 when a van collided with his police car after he had stopped to help motorists change a tire on Highway 2 near Memramcook, N.B.

Deschênes was a 12-year veteran of the force and was on duty with Amherst’s Northwest Traffic Services when the collision happened.

On Thursday, RCMP said they conducted a thorough investigation along with their collision reconstructionist, but did not have enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges.

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Meshko’s lawyer appeared on his behalf at Moncton Provincial Court on Friday to enter the guilty plea.

Sentencing for Meshko, who is from Wiles-Barre, Pa., is scheduled for Dec. 22.

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